Article by CBC News
The locations of 24 cannabis retail stores across Newfoundland and Labrador — detailing where you will be able to buy legal marijuana — were released Monday, and many will be attached to Dominion supermarkets that already have liquor stores.
But the list was criticized by the provincial branch of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for being a “missed opportunity for small business owners.”
The list was provided by Cannabis NL, the arm of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation that the provincial government has charged with regulating cannabis retailers.
Sharon Sparkes, president and CEO of the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, said there were more than 80 applications that were whittled down to the two dozen announced Monday.
“Each of these bring a retail experience to the table that ultimately will provide a safe, secure access,” said Sparkes.
Vaughn Hammond, CFIB’s director in Newfoundland and Labrador, said the list shows the legal marijuana industry will be run largely by the provincial government and big business.
“The structure of the RFP to begin with more or less made it difficult for small business owners to even come up with an operation that could even meet their requirements and criteria,” he told CBC on Monday afternoon.
The list includes at least one location in a number of major towns, from Labrador City to Deer Lake to Carbonear.